Radiator Surface Temperature Regulations for Schools and Nurseries

How hot should radiators be in your classroom and nursery?

Everyone agrees that the safety and wellbeing of the children in your care is at the heart of everything you do as educators. Providing a safe and comfortable learning environment is key to the educational outcomes of your pupils.

Read on to learn about current legislation relating to radiator surface temperature and how this affects you.

Heating Standards for Schools

The Education (School Premises) Regulations states:

• Radiators and exposed pipes which are located where pupils might touch them must not become hotter than 43°c

Where can this legislation be found?

Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, Section 3

Management of Health and Safety and Work Regulations 1999

Provision of Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998

Is my radiator causing a risk? 

With Standard panel radiator surfaces reaching up to 70 – 80 °C, it’s vitally important that you make the safest choices for the children in your care.

According to the Leisure Accident Surveillance System, in 2010, 1,970 people were injured in a public building by either a radiator or a section of hot pipework over a twelve-month period. What an alarming figure!

Of these accidents, 1,399 occurred in a place of education. I’ll let that sink in…

What are your options?

Low surface temperature radiators (or LSTs for short) are radiators that stay within a certain temperature boundary to meet recommended safety standards.

Click here to learn more about LST radiators.

Whilst ensuring the temperatures do not exceed 43°c, Contour’s LST radiators are also coated with BioCote® anti-microbial technologies. This provides additional safety regarding the growth of potentially harmful bacteria.

Click here to learn more about BioCote® anti-bacterial technologies.

If you’re not looking for a whole new heating system upgrade, Contour also offers low surface temperature radiator covers which are retrofitted over the existing panel radiators. To learn more about low surface temperature radiator covers, how they are installed and how they are made, click here.


Here at Contour, we provide schools, nurseries, hospitals and other public establishments with the safest heating options to ensure the well-being of those in your care remains at the forefront of everything you do.

The purpose of this blog is to educate you on current legislation in schools and nurseries-regarding radiator surface temperatures-to ensure preventable burning incidents don’t occur in your setting. By educating yourselves in this way, you are prioritising the safety of the pupils in your care.


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